Student Agency

Welcome to our IB corner, this week I want to explain Student Agency. Have you heard of it, maybe your child has used the words? Read below to help you understand more plus the importance of it for students in order to develop into life-long learners.

What is Student Agency?

Effective schools build a culture where students and teachers work together. In essence, Student Agency refers to the level of independence a student has in the classroom. Student Agency and Voice are intrinsically connected. Agency gives the students power to direct their learning and take responsibility for it. Voice allows the student to be heard as an active learner, this encourages engagement, participation, leadership and learning.
• students question, guide and direct learning
• students share ideas and take action
• students participate in decision making

• students co-construct learning goals
• students make informed choices
• students take risks and take responsibility for their learning

• teachers offer choice and help develop personalised learning goals
• students reflect on own learning goals
• students ideas are supported throughout planning and taking action

Grade 1/2 Unit of Inquiry – “Where we are in place and time” People’s lives have changed over time

As part of our current Unit of Inquiry into ‘Where we are in place and time’’, Grade One and Two students have been learning about how life has changed from the past to the present. In class, students have explored objects such as typewriters, gramophones and old cameras, comparing them to how we use technology today. On Wednesday, we had a visit from Emma Rosendahl. Emma is an archaeologist and MWPS parent. She shared many things, including how communication has changed over time. Students learnt about aboriginal ochre paintings, writing with coal, ink and quills, as well as modern pens and pencils. Staff and students would like to thank Emma for sharing her knowledge and bringing in her artefacts to share.

Grade 5/6 Unit of Inquiry - ‘Government Systems and Legislation Shape Individual and National Identities’.

Grade 5 and 6 have been inquiring about how ‘Government Systems and Legislation Shape Individual and National Identities’. We had two special guest speakers come and talk with us about decisions that are made in our community. We were lucky to hear from our Principal, Anne Robinson and Wentworth Shire Councillor, Jane MacAllister. These two people have been very helpful throughout our U.O.I. Something that we have learnt is that there are lots of people in our school and the community that make decisions. We also learnt that decisions cannot be made unless you research and are informed about a topic, then there must be a discussion where a final decision is made. We appreciate Anne and Jane for helping us in our Unit Of Inquiry. 

By Gr 6 students Sophie Rose & Solopani Miki.

What does everyone think of MWPS?

WOW! Look at what our parents, our staff and our students think of our school. 

Every year a confidential survey is completed by a large number of parents. All staff, plus grade 4,5 and 6 students also complete the survery. Please open the link below to check out the results.


Concert Clarification

I’ve had some terrific questions regarding our “Mini Concert”’.I will try to answer them. Please do not hesitate to phone if you have any suggestions or concerns about this event.

Why are we having a little concert? Why not another big one?

Our concert at the Mildura Arts Centre is a huge performance, requiring months of preparation. The organisation of this concert is mammoth. We have several performances, it really is a BIG week! We hire a professional dance teacher and choreographer, Karen Wilcock. Hiring the Arts Centre for many days is also a huge investment. Our concert is one of the biggest in the district. Schools that have such extravaganzas, usually have the concert every second year. BUT we decided that we still wanted to have a little one on the alternate year.

Why the oval? Why not another venue?

Because we need a venue at school that is big enough for 400 students and about 300 family members. Of course the gymnasium is way, way too small. We won’t use another venue because this needs to be a little concert, held at school.

Why morning?

The evenings are too hot & our last concert had to be postponed. This year we do not have a spare evening to change it to, if the weather was inclement. I noticed that Nichols Point P.S. was postponed last night. Many employers might be ok with starting work a little later on this one morning of the year, for a Primary School Concert, especially with 8 weeks’ notice.

What happens after the concert? About 9.00am.

Once the concert is over, parents/carers head off and the children stay at school for a normal day.

Is it compulsory for the children to come?

No, it is not. Of course, it would be wonderful if your children could take part. BUT if they cannot, then that’s OK too. Remember, this is a “little” end of year celebration.

Why should we give it a try?

Because you never know, until you try!!!!! If it is not a success then we won’t do it again.

Remember – This little performance will only take 50 minutes

Canteen News

New Canteen Menu – starts next week

The canteen is open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Please have all orders into the canteen by 9.00am

IB Corner

As an IB candidate school, Mildura West are on a journey of creating International Mindedness within our school community. We are developing this through our Unit of Inquiries and throughout the school day with picture storybooks, video clips and so on.

What is International Mindedness?

It is a view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assuming a sense of responsibility towards its members. It is developing an awareness of others, especially being open minded about the diverse cultures and beliefs of people.

Through the Learner Profile attributes, an internationally-minded student, can develop as a competent communicator, willing to share their opinions. Is open-minded and knowledgeable about the world and other cultures. Demonstrates being a caring and principled thinker, among other important things.

Here are some ideas from our students on how they can consider their world:

How the world works Unit of Inquiry –

We could change to using solar energy which is clean instead of using coal. If people don’t change what they do soon, our world will start to die. We are learning about this so we can change things now! Chris (5K) and Angus (5C)

Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry -

I know it is important to tell people if they drop rubbish to pick it up because the animals could eat it. Rubbish pollutes the air and the water which means we can’t swim or breathe. Logging is also bad because the animals need their homes. Tom 4B

Sharing the Planet Unit –

Earlier in the year we learnt about Sharing the Planet and being water wise. I know that we shouldn’t use too much water because we won’t have enough for our future. I now take shorter showers. Tayla 2D

Student Club - Woodwork – Grade 1

We had a lucky grade 1 group begin woodwork last week. Here are their final products. They were safe risk takers using hammers, screw drivers and glue guns. Next week another group of grade 3/4s will begin their projects.
Isabella said, “My Mum would never let me do this at home. I did hit my finger but it was fun!”
Octavia said, “I liked when we got to do the hot gun gluing. I am happy with my work and I have put it on display at home.”


The Deadly choices program will be running over 8 weeks in Term 4 every Monday afternoon with all Koori students in grade 4, 5 and 6. Nathan Yates from MDAS is the facilitator of this Amazing program; with Annie Villiva (wellbeing officer) and Tim Donaldson (ES) co facilitating. Leadership, Chronic Disease, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Healthy relationships and the importance of health checks and links to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical service are some of the topics covered in this program. The students in the program have loved hearing about their culture, they are sharing things about their Mob, and they have also been practicing a Welcome/Acknowledgment to country with no assistance. We are all very proud of the Koori kids in the program. Annie Villiva (Wellbeing Officer)

eSmart Day - Friday November 1st

Mildura West will be having an eSmart morning to encourage and teach the responsible use of digital technologies. All classes will be promoting the smart, safe and responsible use of digital technology in and outside of school. Each year level will be exploring and learning how to be responsible digital citizens through a series of lessons throughout the morning. Don’t forget to ask your children what they learnt about on November 1st!

Some of our topics include:

  • Digital Footprint
  • Private and Personal Information
  • Media Balance
  • Responsibility When Online
  • Screen Out the Mean (cyber bullying)
  • Be Smart About Sharing Online
  • The Power of Words
  • Self Image and Identity